Craving a home-style Italian meal? I suggest you book a table at Romano’s Macaroni Grill.

Offering a trattoria (or casual dining) setting befitting of a memorable night out with friends and family, Romano’s Macaroni Grill has a line up of rustic Italian favorites including Lobster Ravioli, Cannelloni Bolognese and a very delicious Penne Rustica.

Dine at any of Romano Macaroni Grill’s six branches in the UAE (see their Facebook page for details), or try replicating their Penne Rustica at home.

Penne Rustica

Penne Rustica is a delicious medley of roasted chicken, shrimp, rosemary cream, prosciutto and parmesan.

Read on for the recipe by Romano’s Macaroni Grill:

Meet the absolutely stunning Rashi Chowdhary. Rashi is a nutritionist by profession. She is absolutely obsessed with good, nutritious food and her passion for teaching people to eat right has led her into creating the decadently good ‘Protein Bakeshop’.

Rashi Chowdhary nutritionist

And read on for a recipe for a guilt-free sweet treat!

Katherine Lorente is from the Philippines. Her bubbly persona masks her age, and makes her perfect for her daytime role as a receptionist for the Q-Gourmet head office based in Sharjah.

In Katherine I found yet another master chef! Katherine has an innate love for cooking, and has her very own culinary business back home in the Philippines.

pancit palabok philippines recipe

In the Middle East, weekends fall on Fridays and Saturdays. On Fridays, Muslims the world over offer the very special ‘jumma’ prayer, and this is traditionally followed by a lavish lunch with the family.

Biryani, a decadent rice pilaf layered with succulently spiced meat, tends to be a Friday lunch favorite.

My dear friend Sana Wahid makes the most delicious Yakhni Pulao, and has agreed to share her family’s secret recipe with us.

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Nischay Kaul has been working in the publications industry for many years now, but I uncovered his secret passion – cooking!

Nischay originates from Kashmir, the very scenic, highly disputed Northern-most part of India. Here Nischay gives us an introduction to Kashmiri cuisine, and how he’s managed to combine his passion for cooking with his career in publications.

rogan josh recipe

…and he’s even shared his most treasured, authentic Kashmiri Rogan Josh recipe with us!

Mama Cuellar, a Mexican immigrant to the States, drew crowds at a country fair outside Dallas, Texas with her mouthwatering tamales. That was way back in 1926.

With the help of her twelve children and a whole ammunition of crowd-pleasing recipes, Mama Cuellar gave the world the El Chico chain of fine Mexican cuisine.

Her legacy continues with a large fan following the world over, and today I’m sharing her famous guacamole recipe with you.

El Chico - Guacamole watermarked

My family originates from Assam, the North Eastern state of India. You might have heard of Assam if you’re a serious tea drinker. Or perhaps you’ve heard of our one-horned rhinos or the world’s hottest chili, the ‘Bhoot Jolokia’. Assam also boasts of having Asia’s oldest oil refinery. Like every state of India, Assam is seeped in its own unique set of cultures and traditions.

Bhogali Bihu festivities are in the air. This is the festival of feasting and marks the end of the harvest season. Assamese households get busy preparing traditional Bihu treats and socializing with friends and family.bihu recipes

I am a total novice when it comes to Assamese cooking. Meet Sharmin Pasha. Sharmin created the very popular Assamese Cuisine & Recipes page on Facebook and has over forty-thousand fans worldwide. Needless to say, she is an authority in Assamese cooking. She also happens to be my sister-in-law (my hubby’s only sibling)!

Cantina Laredo is a gourmet Mexican restaurant chain hailing from Chicago, Illinois. In the UAE, they have a branch in Khalidiyah Mall, Abu Dhabi.

Cantina Laredo has earned a reputation serving authentic, high-quality Mexican dishes. Their secret lies in using the freshest of ingredients which they believe makes all the difference.

Today, I am sharing their famed Chicken Fajita Salad recipe with you.Cantina Laredo recipe Chicken Fajita Salad

Hello darlings! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas, and had your fill of all the festive delights.

At Christmas time, I usually feel quite home-sick. I miss a good old Kiwi Christmas and all its trimmings.

However, I got lucky this year! My good friend Hema and I go back a long time. She used to live in New Zealand too, and unlike me, has a major passion for cooking. When she heard of my yearning for a Kiwi Christmas, she made it her mission to recreate one right here in the UAE. How blessed am I with a friend like Hema!

And lucky you… Hema has agreed to share some of her prized recipes here. Read on!

hema's christmas recipes